Fiber-to-the-home provider Eagle Broadband Inc. has signed a deal with Warner
Home Video to use the studio's first-run movies, library content and live events
for its first video-on-demand deployment, set for sometime this fall.
League City, Texas-based Eagle has 14 fiber-wired communities and
multiple-dwelling-unit projects under development nationwide, with seven lit in
Houston and Austin. It provides 200-plus channels of video, broadband data via
fiber, voice and home security all over direct fiber-optic links to the
Plans are to begin VOD initially to the Victory Lakes Community near Houston
this fall and then to expand the service to the six other fiber communities one
at a time.
The company is now building a technology center at its League City
headquarters, including an all-digital headend and content-processing
The VOD content will be streamed to Internet-protocol set-top boxes
manufactured by Eagle. The boxes will include MPEG-2 (Moving Picture Expert
Group) decoding, an Ethernet interface, an electronic programming guide and
support for Java graphics applications.